June 2010

Youth Leading by Example
As a former High School teacher in Philadelphia, I know too well the challenges facing urban youth. Connecting with the fellows of Heal the Streets has been a reassurance that the solutions to those challenges are in good hands when youth voices are empowered.

TAGS: Heal the Streets
Sleepless in Detroit
  Detroit, Site of USSF 10

TAGS: Books Not Bars
Yesterday morning, Downtown Oakland closed over a mile of roads to cars and hosted a festival known as Oaklavia

TAGS: bicycles
On 7/7/10 members of the Ella Baker Center's Books Not Bars Campaign advocated during public comment for an open public selection process for the new Alameda County Chief Probation Chief.  The new chief would impact the lives of many of the mothers of youth held in youth prisions.

As many in the community know, tonight is a big meeting of the Oakland City Council in trying to make hard choices about the City budget. If you want to go and represent Oakland residents priorities in these budget decisions, here is what you should know:

With thousands of jobs and millions of public dollars at stake in the Oakland Army Base project, the Revive Oakland! Coalition is calling on developers to sign a contract with the community to make sure the project creates good jobs for Oaklanders. This Blog Post was originally featured on Oakland Seen.

TAGS: Oakland Army Base
Today is the 38th anniversary of Title IX, a landmark victory for Women’s Rights signed into legislation on June 23, 1972.  Even after the Civil Rights Act prohibited discrimination, Title IX was needed to specifically prohibit discrimination based on sex in education programs and activities that receive federal financial assistance.  This is commonly thought to only benefit women’s athletics, but includes discrimination based on sex, pregnancy, or sexual harassment

TAGS: Center for American Progress
Today marks the start of the US Social Forum in Detroit, MI, and the Ella Baker Center will be there!

TAGS: social forum
Seedy PR from CDCR
California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR) issued a press release late last week stating that they would be canceling all non-mandated visiting at all 33 adult prisons from June 25th - 26th.

TAGS: adult corrections
This week marks the anniversary of the federal law officially ending the enslavement of African Americans in the United States.  Although most celebrations typically take place on June 19, slaves in the south did not receive the news of the law for some days later, hence Juneteenth.